Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Rea.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I have always felt the need to be creative in one way or another. Growing up, my parents saw this interest and really allowed me to explore it further. They would sign me up for extra art classes whether it be after school, on the weekends, or during the summer. Having people around me that really supported my passion in those critical years has allowed me to get to where I am today.
When I started college at MassArt I discovered my love for plants. It started with just one hanging spider plant and from that, it grew into a massive collection that influences pretty much every aspect of who I am, including my art. I could paint plants for days and never get bored. The variety of color and shape is endless, I discover something new every day. With this passion for plants, comes a given love for the environment and mother nature. With my illustrations, I can show just how much beauty is in the world around us and that it is our job to take care of it.
Has it been a smooth road?
If you’re passionate about something, I don’t think it’s ever a smooth road. Like any illustrator, I have had my fair share of challenges. Throughout my time in college, I struggled a lot with self-doubt, constantly debating with myself whether I could really make it as a successful illustrator. With that mindset, it can be hard to stay productive and make your best work.
For me, stepping away and taking some time off always eases my mind. Allowing myself to focus on something other than illustration resets my brain. I’ve also been lucky enough to have amazing peers that push me through those rocky moments to get me back to work.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the creaillustration story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a color and gouache fanatic. I love playing around with new color palettes or gouache techniques that will really make my work stand out. I am also extremely detail oriented when it comes to my illustrations. I work relatively small, so seeing people get really up close and personal to see that detail is something I love.
I’m pretty much known as the girl who only paints plants, but I am totally okay with that. I think finding inspiration in your own everyday life is what makes your art unique and that happens to be my plants.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I have had this dream to open my own plant and art shop. For me, teaching people the beauty of houseplants while also sharing something so close to my heart like illustration would be rewarding.
Also, giving the opportunity for local artists to have their work on display and for sale is something I think a lot of people could benefit from. I’ve always done my best work when I am able to be around other creative individuals and I would love to continue doing that as my career moves forward.
- Website: www.christinerea.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @creaillustration